Certain shapes like long layers and the lob work on almost everyone, but other cuts are famously hard to pull off: boyish crops, rounded bowl cuts, wide blunt bangs, and mermaid length. Although these shapes are challenging, they can be adopted to suite your own particular features. Learn to transform these tough to pull off cuts into your favorite new look in the notes. –– Laura Martin
Wide Bangs: This fringe is tricky to wear because it emphasizes the nose and jawline and can make the face appear wider. The blunt edge can feel harsh, especially if you have strong features. To pull this look off try a lighter color with some variation like the blonde shade pictured above. The bang should be rounded and slightly longer at edges. For even more softness add some piecey layers at the sides of the face.
Round Blunt Cut: This cut is hard to wear because it cuts in close to the features and can get very wide through the sides, creating an unflattering mushroom shape. To make it more wearable texturize the interior of the shape to remove bulk. Elongate the line on the sides to give some length at the back, pulling the line into an oval.
Boyish Bowl: This shape can fall a little too far on the manish side of androgyny and the tapered sides will emphasize large ears. To soften, break up the edge of the bangs and the line of demarcation by texturizing aggressively. A mix of vibrant hues in zigzagged sections will soften edges and add definition.
Mermaid Length: Extremely long length tends to look flat and lifeless plus if does nothing for the features. To give it some shape consider adding long layers to soften and lift. Wave or curl will give long hair new life. Get a permanent solution with American Wave, which will give you lots of natural body and texture to work with.
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.